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Exciting Microsoft Azure features are being released every month—and April 2019 is no exception. Eleven new updates are rolling out this month, ranging from Iaas to site recovery to general support. Although each of them is helpful in its own way, the four Azure Security Center updates are especially worth highlighting.
For those using Linux virtual machines, updates to adaptive application control enable audit mode, allowing you to more closely review which applications run on your system. In a related usability improvement, it’s now also possible to edit and rename groups of virtual machines and server clusters, helping you stay organized and work faster.
This month’s update also includes improved support for virtual network peering, which expands the capabilities associated with the network map: viewing related data is simpler and analyzing data is easier.
On another note, your secure score impact (a rating of what will happen to your score if you follow Security Center recommendations) is also changing. Secure score impact changes adjust the algorithm for prioritization of recommendations, which will likely affect your secure score.
Although the final update is only in preview for now, adaptive network hardening in Azure Security Center will make a significant impact when it releases fully later this year. Deciding network security group (NSG) changes is no longer just your responsibility; adaptive network hardening can make recommendations for you. Able to analyze network traffic and workload connectivity patterns, it employs machine learning to automate the process of identifying where you should focus your network security.
For more information on these and the remaining April 2019 updates, check out the Microsoft Azure blog here.